In July, Golden High School’s Dominique Perri and Pomona High School’s John Guettlein, attended the Colorado Association of Career and Technical Education (CACTE) CareerTech Summit. Perri serves as the Vice President of Peer Educations for her school’s chapter of FCCLA and Guettlein serves as the Vice President of District 3 for DECA.
On the first day of the summit, Perri and Guettlein met with officer teams from Colorado DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, PBL, SkillsUSA, and TSA to participate in leadership development training facilitated by Team Tri Leadership of Oregon. Some of the many skills they learned included public speaking, etiquette, and interacting with other student members and adults. During the rest of their time, Perri and Guettlein served as ambassadors for their organizations.
“I loved having the opportunity to network with my fellow CTSO officers. It was also a great eye opener to all the hard work of our faculty and how much work they put in, even in the summer, to make our learning experience better,” said Perri.
CACTE is the largest state organization supporting career and technical educators. They believe that career and technical education ensures a thriving Colorado economy by providing relevant and rigorous education that is connected, responsive, and real. These teen leaders facilitated workshops, participated in panel discussion sessions, met with legislative representatives, and filmed resources that will be used for a teacher credentialing course.
“Our presence provided a needed student perspective. We were able to give the teachers insight into how to make classroom experiences relevant,” said Guettlein.
Every officer took home useful information and experiences that will be used throughout the course of their terms and into adulthood as they enter the workforce.